Charlie Crist now begging for endorsement of … AFL-CIO

posted at 6:31 pm on May 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

They’re as amused as you are.

Crist, an independent candidate, made an unusual appearance before the union’s leaders. The union traditionally supports Democratic candidates and Crist, a lifelong Republican until this month, had never sought their help.

“I’m here for several reasons. I am hear to learn, I am hear to listen and I am here to show respect. There’s not enough of that happening right now in government and politics,” Crist said in a soft, humble tone. “I want your help, I want your vote, I want your support, I want your endorsement and I am asking for it.”

There were moments when it seemed the audience didn’t know what to think of the appearance. The union’s Florida president, Mike Williams, admitted when he introduced Crist that he thought someone was playing a joke on him when the governor asked to appear before the group as it decided on endorsements. Williams said the agenda had already been set…

“When I was a Republican governor, when the Democratic president of the United States of America came to Fort Myers, Florida, I went down to be with him,” Crist said before he was interrupted by applause. “And I took a lot of grief from the Republicans just for me being decent to the president of the United States of America, who was bringing us a lot of money!”

One union member shouted, “Yeah!”

This is Sunshine Charlie’s second union pander, of course. He vetoed that education reform bill a few weeks ago to kiss the ass of the teachers union in hopes that they’ll canvass for him this fall. He’s going to govern as a center-left Democrat for the rest of the year, knowing that he needs to knock Meek out as quickly as possible to clear the way for endorsements like this. As long as Meek’s still around, the AFL-CIO is probably a lost cause. Convince people that he can’t win, though, and it’s game on.

Speaking of repulsive panders, here’s the video of Crist admitting that he, um, can’t remember why he opposed Sotomayor last summer. The answer, of course, is that he needed to pander to conservatives to fend off Rubio in the GOP primary; Crist will say whatever he has to say to maximize his electoral chances, which is why he expressly framed his opposition in terms of a red meat issue like guns. But when you lie as much, and to as many different constituencies, as this guy does, some details are bound to slip through the cracks. So he’s a little hazy on just what it is about Sotomayor’s Second Amendment rulings that are so unforgivable. And no wonder: The statement he put out last year offered no explanation.

“While I have not had the opportunity to meet personally with Judge Sotomayor–a crucial step in the selection process — I have reviewed and reflected upon her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and come to the conclusion that I cannot support her appointment to the United States Supreme Court,” Crist said. “Judge Sotomayor is worthy of respect for her many accomplishments and her remarkable story of success. However, I have strong concerns that Judge Sotomayor would not strictly and objectively construe the constitution and lacks respect for the fundamental right to keep and bear arms. For these reasons, I cannot support her appointment to the highest court in the land.”

He was probably referring to the fact that she joined an appellate opinion that held the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to the states, but that’s not really controversial. The Seventh Circuit, a conservative court, held the same way on grounds that they simply don’t have the authority to overturn old Supreme Court cases that had settled the issue. In fact, I believe the issue is pending right now before SCOTUS and that they’re due to address their old precedents in a decision sometime soon. So that was Crist’s big, supposedly principled objection to Sotomayor, who actually had a hell of a lot more experience than Kagan does. Can you guess how Crist feels about her? I bet you can.


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What a Whore.

Conservalicious on May 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

ahahahahahahahaha
oompa
loompa
duple-dee-dawesome

crist is finished
which is totally awesome

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

What a disgusting man. No principles, and begs help from the very people that contribute to the destruction of the US.

darwin on May 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

crist is doing a specter…

heh

i hope the good people of FL realize what a bonehead he is….

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

“When I was a Republican governor, when the Democratic president of the United States of America came to Fort Myers, Florida, I went down to be with on him,”

the_nile on May 21, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I’ve donated money to exactly one politician in my entire life. Rubio’s looking more and more like he’ll be the second.

BadgerHawk on May 21, 2010 at 6:40 PM

This guy is a loser.

therightwinger on May 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

This guy represents everything that is wrong with politicians in this country.

Joe Caps on May 21, 2010 at 6:42 PM

the orange turtle is getting sliced!

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Arlen Specter twin.

Tasha on May 21, 2010 at 6:45 PM

At first,I thought Crist could have left the race gracefully and gone after Fl’s other seat. Now, I’m glad he did what he did. This guy is worse than a democrat.

jukin on May 21, 2010 at 6:46 PM

This imminent immolation will be very entertaining, and I think the combustion will begin in earnest well before November. He will be lucky to last through the summer.

Brian1972 on May 21, 2010 at 6:47 PM

There just are no words bad enough for this guy! He has zero principles or convictions.

bluemarlin on May 21, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Haven’t the polls turned badly on him? It is really sad (good) that he might steal votes from the Dem. Hmmm…. Well, at least he is confirming what we knew all along: he’s a RINO.

andy85719 on May 21, 2010 at 6:52 PM

God! Crist is like the kind old uncle you were always a little uncomfortable with who one day is arrested for child porn.

elfman on May 21, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Dear GAWD does Crist ever stop being a total tool?!?

He hasn’t dug himself into a hole, it’s a friggin’ canyon.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Victor/Victoria.

The man has a split personality.

portlandon on May 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 6:57 PM

I bet your looking forward to tonight…….(Lost)

portlandon on May 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Excuse me while I go drop a Charlie in the pool and wipe my Crist

Flyboy on May 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

In the next 7 days, Crist will become a muslim, and claim discrimination/racial profiling; His addatwattome hasn’t been completed, so he won’t wear a nijab.

Cybergeezer on May 21, 2010 at 6:59 PM

I bet your looking forward to tonight…….(Lost)

portlandon on May 21, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Sunday night.

You have no idea how much I’m gonna miss that show.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Sunday night.

You have no idea how much I’m gonna miss that show.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 7:00 PM

There are “Lost” parties going on this weekend. They were talking about it on the local radio on the way in this morning.

Finally, a conclusion!!

portlandon on May 21, 2010 at 7:05 PM

and 24 is over :/

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Is there a limit to how far Crist will go? Is there any group that he won’t pander to? We have 5 months to find out.

But I think the answer is already pretty clear.

SlaveDog on May 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

and 24 is over :/

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

=(

I haven’t felt this sad since ALIAS went off the air.

Damn Ben Affleck for tainting my beautiful Sidney Bristow.

portlandon on May 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Can FL afford an orange-tanned Senator with, no doubt, a wide stance? What could go wrong?

TXUS on May 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Well he has tried Republican, then moved to Independent, so he can still do the Specter thing.

The good news is now everybody knows who he is, and what he stands for….. ME ME ME ME ME!!!

tarpon on May 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Finally, a conclusion!!

portlandon on May 21, 2010 at 7:05 PM

I know it’s OT, but here’s a link to live stream of three dudes that are watching all 121 hours of LOST this weekend, straight through. For charity.

I might be hitting the theater for the finale at Fairfield Univ.

and 24 is over :/

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Never got into that one…wish I did tho.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Never got into that one…wish I did tho.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM

im gonna be totally upfront

i WILL shed tears this monday when the series finale ends.

not gonna lie

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Heh…if I have any left over Kleenex after Sunday night, I’ll send ‘em across the sound to ya.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Heh…if I have any left over Kleenex after Sunday night, I’ll send ‘em across the sound to ya.

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM

i’d prefer the New London to Orient Point ferry. thanks! its closer

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM

i’d prefer the New London to Orient Point ferry. thanks! its closer

blatantblue on May 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM

You’d have to settle for Bridgeport/Port Jeff :P

JetBoy on May 21, 2010 at 7:56 PM

SEIU purple pandering comes next.

Philly on May 21, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Just on the sort of visceral basis of close personal observation … Snooki is a disgusting, greasy little weasel.

I used to find him harmless, not knowing much about him. But now that we get to see him in action, I find him wretched and offensive.

Jaibones on May 21, 2010 at 8:11 PM

What a Whore.

Conservalicious on May 21, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Sorry, he has far fewer principles. In fact, it looks to me like–if you pay him to suck up to you–he’ll not only suck…but will volunteer to do the rest for free…in fact…won’t he give you a rebate?

Chewy the Lab on May 21, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Paging Andrew Sullivan to the Green Iguana. Sweet Charlotte, Belle of the South needs you.

meci on May 21, 2010 at 9:40 PM

The Orange man can cuz he mixes it with love and makes it all taste good!

TheBigOldDog on May 21, 2010 at 9:44 PM

someone needs to start a comic series named “Charlie the vote ho.”

In the first series our superhero named Charlie can be shown walking down Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

No pun intended

F15Mech on May 21, 2010 at 9:45 PM

All New York diaspora I know are gettig he message that this scumbag is toast. He evn looks like toast, he’s so eerily tan. I think it must be the effect of drowning in you own bullshyte.

Western_Civ on May 21, 2010 at 9:54 PM

He could probably still get McCain and Kyl’s support. Birds of a feather thing, you know.

volsense on May 22, 2010 at 10:29 AM

In short:
“You People Owe Me.”
“I Deserve Your Vote.”

TimBuk3 on May 22, 2010 at 10:52 AM

It’s good to smoke these guys out, the problem is you’ve got to have the tar and feathers ready to go when one sticks his sorry head out.

JEM on May 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM